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Discussion in 'Metro PCS' started by cody94549, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    I just switched Carriers from Verizon to MetroPCS. The guy in the store just swapped in a new SIM card in my Galaxy S6. He didn't seem to make any other modifications in my Network Settings or anything. I manually added a Mobile Network for MetroPCS based on another guy's phone (on MPCS).

    Anyway, things seem to be working fine (network, WiFi, Data, phone calls). But I now have a strange problem. When I click on SETTINGS / SOFTWARE UPDATE / CHECK FOR SOFTWARE UPDATE, I get an error = "Service Unavailable. Sorry, we are having trouble authenticating your device. Try again later."

    Can anyone explain WHY this is happening? My phone is UNLOCKED - albeit purchased 2 years ago at a Verizon store. (It complains that my new SIM card is not a Verizon Sim card. ugh.)

    Thanks in advance.
     



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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Are you sure there's nothing still hanging around in you APN settings from VZW? Sound;s like it's trying to get to the Verizon update server.
     
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  3. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    No, I am not sure... I can't find any online reference as to what the real settings for MetroPCS on this phone should be ... and the guy in the store didn't ADD it, per my previous msg.

    Is there a reference someplace HERE that details what my Network APN entry must Look like? Thanks !
     
  4. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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  5. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    Well, those didn't help. Actually they differ in one of the settings : the MMC ... 260 vs 16 .. ????

    But I think you're right -- there's SOMETHING Stuck pointing to Verizon still. SO much for an "easy" switch of Carriers. :)
     
  6. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Did you notify Verizon of the switch? I think they might have to deactivate your account on their CDMA network for the break to be final.
     
  7. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    No, I did NOT. I asked the guy at MetroPCS if I had to do anything to make the switch - he said NO. He would arrange everything. So maybe I should verify with verizon. Thanks again.
     
  8. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Sure we've had posts about this before. It's very likely that the carrier version firmware is hard-coded to Verizon, so it pings Verizon servers for updates and fails, and protests that it doesn't have a Verizon SIM. And just "unlocking" will not fix this.
     
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  9. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    I just chatted with verizon ... All is deactivated, no connections left (CDMA).. weird
     
  10. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    well, THAT kinda S****s .. I mean, now I'm stuck at my current Software version. had I known. :)
     
  11. lunatic59

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    What's the EXACT model number of the phone? Could be that there is a downloadable firmware version, or you could use Samsung's Smart Switch.
     
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  12. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    You might have to download it as linatic suggested.

    Some phones sold by a carrier will still get updates on a different carrier while others wont.
     
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  13. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    Samsung SM-G920V

    thanks again.
     
  14. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Samsung's in particular are very hard to track how they get their updates. If our resident Samsung expert @ironass might chime in ;) maybe he can give you a definitive answer. I looked up that model and it was originally shipped with Android 5.1 and upgradable to 6.01, officially. That's probably where it will stop unless you want to mess with custom roms.

    In any case, give smart switch a try and see if it will update your phone for you.
     
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  15. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    From what I see, SMART SWITCH is for Transferring "stuff" from an Old phone to a New phone. I did NOT get a new phone. All I did was get a new SIM card. Do you think it will still work for that situation?
     
  16. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Smart Switch was introduced with the S6 and replaced Kies for not only transferring phone data but also for backups and updates. It should work with any S6 regardless of age.
     
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  17. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    It's the price of having a phone that was originally subsidized by the carrier. In theory you should be able to completely release it from anything Verizon provided the contract is fulfilled, but from what I've read in these forums, both Verizon and Sprint version devices can be particularly crippled.
     
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  18. cody94549

    cody94549 Newbie
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    Yea, I GET that conceptually now. Lesson Learned. (I sent a request to Samsung for any assistance they can provide. But unless I can somehow Backup then "Refresh" my S6 & thereby overwrite the Firmware (if that is in fact the problem), I think I'm stuck with this problem until I get a new phone.
     
  19. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    The carrier branded minority variant of Galaxy S6 for Verizon, G900V, is primarily a CDMA model for use on that network, (although it should be, by-and-large, fine on the Metro-PCS, GSM network. See link below.). You will need to be registered on the Verizon network to receive their OTA updates as unlike the regular Samsung models, these are updated by Verizon and not direct from Samsung. There is a Metro-PCS firmware for the Galaxy S6 but it is not compatible with the Verizon model. You could download the latest Verizon firmware, (still only on Marshmallow), see link, below, and flash it using the Odin PC suite.

    Here are some useful links...

    Model SM-G920V
    Model name Galaxy S6
    Country USA (Verizon)
    Version Android 6.0.1
    Changelist 8352520
    Build date Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:03:23 +0000
    Security Patch Level 2017-01-01
    Product code VZW
    PDA G920VVRS4CQA3
    CSC G920VVZW4CQA3


    CDMA vs. GSM: What's the Difference?

    Will My Phone Work?



    Consider me chimed lunatic59 ("The bells. The bells") ;)
     
    #20 ironass, Jun 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017
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  20. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I knew you'd know. :D
     
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